Why does Mrs. Jones take Roger to her house in the story "Thank You, M'am" by Langston Hughes?

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Mrs. Jones takes Roger to her house for a few reasons. First, she seems to want to care for him when it becomes immediately evident that he has no one to take care of him, despite his young age. When she asks him if he has anyone at home to tell him to wash his face, he says that he does not. She promises, "it will get washed this evening." Later, she asks him if he's had his dinner yet, and he tells her "There's nobody home at my house." Mrs. Jones has obviously figured out right away that Roger has no reliable adult or parent at home, and she probably believes that he's had no one to teach him how to act properly. She wants to help take care of him and show him a little love and kindness and generosity. Have you ever heard the expression you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar? It means that it is much easier to win someone over when you are nice to them than when you are not-so-nice. Mrs. Jones could lecture Roger or take him to the police, but this will not make nearly the same impression on him as it will if she treats him with kindness and love. Hopefully, going forward, he won't try to rob someone again, because he will remember her generosity toward him.

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Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones takes Roger back to her simple, modest apartment for a couple of reasons.  First, she wants the opportunity to talk to him and teach him a lesson about stealing.  She wants him to know that she, too, once did some things in her life that she isn’t proud of.  However, she turned her life around, has a job working in a hair salon, and has her own apartment as well.  The one room apartment also shows Roger that she is really no different than he is. They both come from the same backgrounds and obstacles.  She is not rich enough to steal from and needs every penny she earns to survive.

Taking Roger to her apartment shows him the effects of stealing from someone who is poor as well.  She does give Roger $10.00 for the blue suede shoes he wants so desperately, showing him an act of kindness and also that he can earn money by getting a job for something he wants. 

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